In 2013, the Town Council appointed Landscape Architects to review Sworders Field and to create a Masterplan for the next 10-20 years. A list of possible facilities and a draft layout was created and, following consultation a Masterplan developed and adopted.
The first noticable improvement was the re-imagining of the paddling pool which has become a modern splash pool. Improvements to the Moat, the building of a bandstand and new paths have followed as well as the introduction of Ice cream concessions and a pop up Cafe.
In 2016, Bishop's Stortford Town Council joined with the Countryside Management Service and East Herts District Council to seek lottery funding for 'Castle Park'. Incorporating the Sworders Field masterplan this ambitious project envisages the development of a joined-up park combining Sworders Field and Castle Gardens. Together the Councils and the CMS have secured £250,000 lottery funding (from the Heritage lottery Fund and the BIG Lottery) for the development phase, which includes all the detailed planning and technical studies needed to create the park.
The project is still eviolving. The final adopted Masterplan for Sworders Field and the initial consultation material which formed the basis of the Castle Park bid are available for download below.
Castle Park and Sworders field are part of a riverside corridor which runs through the town. A far-reaching vision for this corridor is being created which will incorporate Castle Park at the centre and stretch from the Red White and Blue meadows in the North to Southmill lock to the South.
You can read more about this on our Waterside Stortford page.